How to Plant and Grow a Hemlock Tree

What You'll Need
Hemlock tree

Hemlock Trees have multiple uses. They can provide shade, privacy or simply be planted for their beauty. The hemlock tree is native to Canada and is a relative of evergreen trees. These towering behemoths can grow to up to eighty feet in height once they’ve reached full maturity.

Step One- Deciding Where to Plant your Hemlock

Due to the height the hemlock tree can grow it is important not to plant your tree under any overhead wires or anything of that nature. The hemlock tree prefers sunny locations with good drainage to support optimal growth. It is best if the soil is slightly acidic as this will also help to ensure a healthy tree with regular growth.

Step Two- Planting

Once you’ve found a suitable site to plant your hemlock tree you’ll need to dig a hole about four times the size of the root ball. You’ll want the planted tree to be buried at the same level it was in the container you purchased the tree in. After the hole is dug, gently place the tree in the hole and fill the hole with water, allowing the soil to soak up the water. This helps promote a healthy transplant process for the tree. Fill the hole with soil and water the tree generously.  To help retain moisture and promote healthy growth, lay about a three inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree. The best time to plant the hemlock tree is in spring, though early fall would work well too. It is important to plant the hemlock during one of these seasons as the plant will be very vulnerable in its early stages of life and growth. If planted in early fall it’s important to water the tree frequently and deeply to make sure your hemlock gets the nutrients it needs before the ground freezes, making it far more difficult for the tree to receive water.

Step Three- Continually Caring for your Hemlock

Hemlock trees attract more bugs than most other trees and these bugs can be responsible for absolutely ruining your hemlock. The easiest way to stay on top of this problem is to spray the tree with water at least twice a week, this will knock off any bugs that are on the surface of the tree and is the easiest way to deal with pests outside of calling in professional help. When pruning your hemlock tree you want to do it on a day that isn’t too hot. Hemlock trees do not like extremely hot weather and if you prune them when the weather is hot it may damage the tree. The best time to trim your hemlock tree is early spring, once winter has worn off but the heat of summer is still a couple of months away.